How to Change Kitchen Cabinet Color: An Innovative Approach

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It can be hard to change your kitchen cabinets. Some people find it expensive and time-consuming, while others don't want the trouble and costs involved.

However, change is inevitable in our lives and with a few tips, you can make this change easier on yourself. In this article, we'll show you how to change your kitchen cabinets in a way that is both cost-effective and easy.

Let’s get started.

How much does it cost to change cabinet color?

The cost of changing the kitchen cabinet color depends on the type of paint and primer you use. If you want to change your cabinets for a more durable finish, then it will be an expensive project, but if you just need something temporary until they can get these things done by professionals down the road then there are plenty of less-expensive options.

In fact, in some cases, you can change the color of your cabinets without any additional materials at all.

Usually, you'll need some basic materials to change your kitchen cabinet colors. These include paint, a paintbrush, and either primer or an oil-based sealant. If you're painting your cabinets for the first time in years then it's best to use primers.

As you change the color of the kitchen cabinet don't forget about the hardware. This is very important because if any part of that changes people will notice right away.

I recommend using matte black hardware so as not to change too much about the look of these new colors you've chosen to work with.

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How can I change the color of my kitchen cabinets without sanding?

Sometimes people change their kitchen cabinets for other reasons besides color. They might be looking to change the style or they're just tired of dealing with them. In this case, you can change your cabinet doors without painting by using a primer and new hardware:

Prime all surfaces thoroughly before applying any paint product; including painted metal hinges as well. This will help keep those surfaces clean even after changing colors on the cabinets in your kitchen.

Paint each door separately (or at least some) because it's easier than trying to work around someone else while doing so. You'll also have more control over shaping if you do it solo too.

If you want a uniform look when adding different colored cabinetry then make sure you change the hinges and other hardware to match. Be sure to use a paintbrush instead of rollers when working with oil paints or stains, this will help avoid getting any fingerprints on your new cabinet color.

Is it cheaper to paint or replace kitchen cabinets?

Depending on your budget, you might change the color of your kitchen cabinets by painting them or replacing them with new ones. The first option is usually cheaper, but it depends on what type you want for cabinet doors.

  • When looking to change colors in this way consider these factors:
  • What will be the final appearance? 
  • What kind would work best for where they are going and how much light do they need?
  • What are the dimensions of your kitchen?
  • How much time do you have to dedicate to this project?

If the paint is an option then it's best to use a primer first, which will change the appearance. A paintbrush should be used instead of rollers because that can lead to more fingerprint stains on your new color.

If they're not usable anymore or if they're made from materials like laminate that can't be painted, then you might need to replace them with something else entirely.

It depends largely on what type you want for cabinet doors and how much light they'll see in their final placement so make sure all these factors come into play when deciding which way will work best for you.


How do you fix faded kitchen cabinets?

It's possible to fix faded kitchen cabinets by adding color for a uniform look and new style. The first step is figuring out what type of cabinet you have so that way you can find the right paint.

If they're painted wood then using an oil-based or water-based primer will change the appearance. For laminate, consider using Lacquer paints which are usually made with acrylics (and if not then use this as something else).

This makes it easier to work with because it doesn't require any sanding, but bear in mind that lacquers do need more coats than other types might when painting furniture. Paint all surfaces thoroughly before applying any paint product; including metal hinges too. A primer will change the appearance and it's best to use a paintbrush instead of rollers because that can lead to more fingerprint stains on your new color.

If you want a uniform look when adding different colored cabinetry then make sure you change the hinges and other hardware too.

Some people are looking to change kitchen cabinet color, while others might be changing their cabinets simply for something else like a style or wear & tear. If this is true then priming all surfaces before painting helps keep them clean from any future dust too; – so don't forget about those metal hinges as well.

A good primer will change the appearance beforehand but if not possible try using lacquer paints which work better in the long run than water-based ones with fewer coats needed.

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Final thoughts on how to change kitchen cabinet color

If you're serious about changing your kitchen cabinet color, then it's best to do some research beforehand. There are a few factors that change how you should change the color.

Use the tips above to get a head start on changing your kitchen cabinets and making them look exactly the way you want them to.

Mark Weber

Mark Weber

Mark started out as an electrical engineer before he became a licensed bathroom remodeling contractor. He loves writing about bathrooms and remodeling in his spare time, as it relaxes him to think of something besides work.

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